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Lia Ices

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Lia Ices is the stage name of Lia Kessel, a singer-songwriter from Westport, Connecticut, currently living in the Hudson Valley, New York. While she has been performing and recording for several years, Ices gained prominence when her song “Love is Won”, from her second studio album Grown Unknown, was played over the closing credits of the second-to-last episode of season one of HBO’s Girls on June 10, 2012.

Her mother is a photographer and book binder, and Kessel says that her father has been a source of musical inspiration throughout her life, encouraging her to write her own songs from an early age. She began playing the piano at age 5, studied theatre at the preparatory high school Walnut Hill School for the Arts and went on to explore the worlds of dance and theater at the Experimental Theatre Wing of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and by studying Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Kessel’s brother, Eliot, is also a musician, and a collaborator in her music.

In 2005 she began performing publicly under her birth name of Lia Kessel, performing at small venues in New York. Kessel did press an EP of songs independently, but these songs were never distributed commercially. During this time she worked with two backing bands, The Marina and Wild Cries. In late 2007 she participated in the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Baby Dee, called Safe Inside the Day, singing vocals on three tracks.

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